Please ensure you have read our STUDIO POLICY, as it should have all information regarding you and your child’s lessons.
Scheduling & Makeups
“How do I reschedule missed lessons?”
Makeup lessons should be rescheduled directly through the instructor. A lesson must be rescheduled prior to the end of the semester; makeup lessons are not carried over to the following semester, nor will they be credited or refunded. There are two ways to makeup a lesson. You may reschedule a lesson to a different day/time mutually agreed to by the teacher and student. You may also add extra time to a future lesson, as long as the teacher’s schedule allows for it.
“What is expected of a student in regards to each session?”
Teachers will expect that at least a 24-hour notice is given in order to qualify for a makeup lesson. Lessons missed without a proper notice are not required to be refunded or made up, unless the teacher approves of it. A student is also expected to arrive on time for their lesson. A teacher is under no obligation to refund or extend a lesson if the student is late. Lessons that result in a no-show are forfeited by the student and will not be made up. The only exception is a same-day sickness, where we still expect a notice before the lesson time, but is not required to be 24-hours in advance.
“How will we be charged for lessons?”
We operate on flat rate monthly billing system charged on the first of each month and our rates are as follows:
30min – $175 per month
(recommended for young beginners, 5 to 8 years old)
45min – $235 per month
(recommended for advanced students, 8+ years old)
IN-STUDIO or ON-LINE LESSONS:
30min – $125 per month
45min – $185 per month
ANNUAL REGISTRATION FEE:
$30 per student or $50 per family if two or more students take lessons. Charged every August.
“Why am I being charged the same this month, even though there are only 3 days/fewer days than normal?”
Tuition is a flat fee charged on the first of every month. We base tuition on a 48 week annual calendar, as 4 of the 52 weeks in the year are set aside by schools for holidays. Because each of the remaining 48 weeks will be taken by your child, we charge a flat fee each month rather than calculating the price for every student each month, since at the end of the year, it ends up being the same, regardless of each individual month.
We offer two formal recital performances per year (Winter and Spring), an additional informal recital (Fall or “Halloween”), and the Federation Festival (more information below). All the students who have had at least 6 to 12 months of instruction should be prepared to participate. However, if the teacher determines that the student is not ready for a recital, the teacher reserves the right to not allow that student to participate in that particular recital.
“Is there a fee to participate in a recital?”
There is a small recital fee to participate, usually about $15-$30 per student. This covers the rental cost of locations, as well as moving instruments or other equipment. The recital fee is billed with December (for the Winter Recital) and May (for the Spring Recital) lesson tuition.
“What is the Federation Festival?”
The Federation Festival is a sort of test issued by the National Federation Music Club (NFMC) or National Association of Music Teachers (NAMT). Students register around September or October to participate the following March or April, to give them 5 to 6 months to prepare. It is a graded test with the association to earn points and awards for high performance and consistently improving musical talent.